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the carfax!" it's free at thousands of reputable dealers. >>> federal reserve chairman ben bernanke will be back on capitol hill today, for day two of his twice-a-year economic report card. on wednesday he made it clear that interest rates will remain at record low levels for several more months to support the recovery. the latest housing numbers show just how fragile that recovery is. new home sales fell to the lowest level on regard in january. >>> new concerns about greece's debt crisis are overshadowing bernanke's comments this morning. stocks fell in torque owe with the nikkei dropping almost 1% today. bernanke's testimony gave wall street a boost yesterday. the dow finished up 91 points closing at 10,374. the nasdaq gained 22 points to close at 2235. >>> chrysler is voluntarily recalling more than 350,000 minivans because of problems with crash sensors that control the air bags. the company says it will replace the sensors in 2005 and 2006 town and country and dodge caravans. but chrysler says it should wait until june to contact dealers because it needs time to distribute the
't you tell us what you think after hearing a couple days of bernanke's testimony on the hill. does it change your outlook on what the fed is doing? >> no, as long as they use the magic words, extended period, we know the fed will be on hold for at least six months. that's what bill dudley told us. he said extended period was the language the fed has put in the policy statement, means at least six months. it was a phrase repeated by st. louis fed president bullard recently. so whenever bernanke puts his word in on it as well, we can feel assured that the fed is not likely to move for at least six months. the fed needs to be very clear at this day and age. so if they're telling us that that's what extended period means, that's what it means. and so, until there's some other clarifying comments, that's what we have to go on. >> we had somebody who told us yesterday that maybe they could move 25, 50 basis points. it's not the extended period but they're focusing on the incredibly low rates. either one of you guys quily think that's the case? >> the focus is on the extraordinary program
tonight. thank you. the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke laid out the blueprint for the fed's plan to recoup all the money it loaned out in the great recession and in turn winding down the stimulus program. bernanke issued a statement saying the fed will try to raise the interest rate it pays banks to keep money in the u.s. central bank. analysts say that way banks would be less inclined to put money on risky investments. but they also say that could hurt consumers because those banks would have more incentive to sit on their money and earn interest rather than lend it out to you and me. but, bernanke says the plan will not be implemented until the economy is on a firmer footing. on wall street, the stock market managed to steady itself before the closing bell today. after hearing bernanke's plans concerning the central bank, stocks suffered sharp early losses before reversing course later in the day. the market ended up just about where it started. the dow dropped 20 to close a little bit above the 10,000 mark. the nasdaq down 3. the s&p off 2. while the fed works on the financial
. appreciate getting my time. thank you, chairman bernanke, for being here. i do share one concern that senator vitter mentioned about the deficit. gosh, i wish we would have supported senator gregg's proposal when we had a chance, i think it was still the best, perhaps last-best proposal to actually force this congress to take an up or down vote on a plan that would put us back into fiscal sanity. i'm going to come back on the question of financial regulation. .. >> one of the comments you made and we are now 18 months after the crisis and you've said you have looked at the fed within supervision of the bank holding companies stronger capital, stronger risk supervision. you know, we've had a lot of discussion over the last 18 months about size. we've talked a bit earlier, senator raise questions about the volcker rule. i share some of your concerns about how you draw those lines. chairman dodd raise the question about using some of the intimate out there in terms of derivatives. can you tell us a little bit in his last 18 months with this increased focus on the largest sophisticated bank holdi
. and i said this to tim geithner, the treasury secretary. that means henry paulson, ben bernanke, were the dentists. how does that make you feel, the thing that everybody hates is the thing you had to do. >> let me tell you, i felt like i was having a root canal. >> without anesthesia. >> i was a dentist having a root canal without anesthesia at the same time. but there's a scene in the book -- my book, "on the brink," and this was a day or two before we were going to need to step in and rescue citigroup. and what really hit me was that i was forever going to be associated with these bailouts and it would be the treasury secretary that did all these interventions. then, i said, that would be the good news. the bad news will be if we can't cobble together something that works for citigroup and it goes down. bi i'll be the treasury secretary who presides over another great depression. >> back with david gergen and diane brady. the reason we have you guys on is because you're honest about this. i think -- i think henry paulson had it right on there and there's a whole lot of revisionist h
bernanke. he'll be delivering his semi-annual testimony before congress today. also tomorrow. you can bet those questions from lawmakers will focus a lot on unemployment in this country, the outlook for the overall economy and interest rates from the fed. what happened last week that's really going to play in here, the fed surprised wall street. they raised the interest rate that they charge banks for emergency loans. a lot of focus on that today expected as well. we're also going to keep a close eye on the housing sector today at the top of the hour. we'll get a report on new home sales. it is expected to show actually some good news that home sales jumped 5% last month. meantime, we've got one of the nation's biggest home builders toll brothers reporting earnings. the company also saying, listen, the housing market is still "in choppy waters but the seas are getting calmer." toll brothers reported its first quarter loss, narrowed a bit from a year ago. that's good news on the housing front. shares are up just slightly, about 2% this morning. the dow industrials is pretty strong open. up
. people still point to may of '07 when bernanke says subprime is 9% of mortgages, right? they're not infallible. and we can't expect them to be, i guess, is the answer, right? >> none of us is infallible. if you didn't learn that, you missed something over the course of the past three years. >> dan's with us for the rest of the program. we've got a lot more to talk about. >>> meantime, any questions or comments this morning, we'd love to hear from you. our address is squawk@cnbc.com. >>> when we come back, european exposure, debt crisis overseas, how some u.s. companies might be impacted. >>> still to come, olympic skiers headed to the starting gate at whistler while bankers in new york await a possible auction. we'll get an update from daniel nu mudd, the ceo of fortress, just ahead. >>> time now for today's "aflac trivia question." what baseball player nicknamed the georgia peach amassed 4,189 hits in his career? this is not more benefits at greater cost to your company insurance. this is not how does it fit in my company's budget insurance. this is help protect and care for
velshi later today. >> a lot of great stuff. >> ben bernanke will testify on the hill today. >> we'll get his prescription or a forecast on what will happen with the overall economy. a lot of questions. when will this economy be back to normal and what is normal? that means your job, home and bank. let's take a look at where we stand. the national association of business economics predicts job growth is on its way, forecasting 140,000 jobs per month will be added in 2010. in the new normal, no thing is ever as it seems. yesterday we found out mass layoffs rose last month for the first time since august. more than 180,000 folks fell victim to mass layoffs in january. we saw consumer confidence tumble. consumers are still very nervous. how about your house? your biggest asset most likely or what was once your biggest asset. one out of every four mortgages is under water. it means you owe more than the house is worth. foreclosure will continue. speaking of lenders, banks still in trouble. one out of 11 banks is at risk of going under. that's the problem bank lift, 140 banks were shut down la
left the u.s. >>> ben bernanke has been sworn in for a second term as chairman of the federal reserve. bernanke vowed to preserve the fed's independence, despite a move in congress to tighten control over the central bank. >>> and preparing for a snowy weekend from 1 inch in new york to almost 2 feet in baltimore. meteorologist rob marciano tracking this massive winter storm. what's going on. feast appetizer. [dinner bell chimes] high quality ingredients like wild alaskan salmon in a delicate broth, without by-products or fillers. fancy feast appetizers. celebrate the moment. in the north of england to my new job at the refinery in the south. i'll never forget. it used one tank of petrol and i had to refill it twice with oil. a new car today has 95% lower emissions than in 1970. exxonmobil is working to improve cars, liners of tires, plastics which are lighter and advanced hydrogen technologies that could increase fuel efficiency by up to 80%. >[t:p][n:e plastics which are lighter and advanced hydrogen technologies announcer: the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child
her terribly. >> some of the stories this morning at 10:00 a.m., ben bernanke is on capitol hill. all ears will listen to his take on job creation. this afternoon, the president will make his case for creating more jobs. it's going to happen at the business round table. >>> this afternoon in vancouver, fresh off the upset of team canada, the u.s. men's hockey team takes on switzerland. >> usa! usa! >> something tells me you are watching. >>> a star sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his limmo driver. it's been years coming. >> eight years in the running. this is a guy who literally had it all at one point. an nba all-star. one of the richest contracts in the league. prosecutors say he was playing with a shotgun, shot his driver, tried to cover it up. yesterday, a new jersey judge sentenced him to five years in prison. afterwards, he said he was sorry. >> i sincerely apologize for my actions that caused his death. i pray that today brings you some comfort. my children, you deserve a better father. son, brothers than i have been. >> he was apologizing to his victims there. h
, in studying history, unless you learn from it, all the economic experts and bernanke and obama included, understood in the great depression the one thing they did not do is spend enough fast enough in order to stimulate the economy in order to create sustainable growth which obama and bernanke are doing. >> so, jeanne, why is this package viewed so negatively by so many in the country one year later? >> well, i think that the democrats didn't necessarily sell it as it was, you know, throughout the year. they went off and did health care and then came back to jobs. you know, 2 million people may have been helped by it. but another 8 million lost their jobs. so, more people are feeling pain than benefit. and so as a result, i think most people don't -- don't appreciate or really understood that, you know, it was a limited package. people thought it should have been bigger. it helped, but it didn't resolve the economic crisis we were in. >> wow. ryan, what's your view on that? why do you believe so many people have such a negative view of the package? >> i have to agree. we didn't sell it
, and if the government pulls back too fast, if bernanke pulls back too fast or if the executive congressional branches pull back too fast, there is a question whether it would worsen things, i think that's legitimate. what i do believe you can put into place trigger mechanisms on medicare reforms, on medicaid reforms, on social security reforms, so that these things are in law and they're not just sort in imagination. it's hard, as you know, nor invei for investors to have much confidence in the future of the nation's finances when there's nothing and it's just talk and we're just continuing to talk. >> on that very point, there was a new report on rising life expectancy, which is a great thing, a great triumph of human medicine, but, you know, why don't we talk about raising the retirement age for medicare and social security gradually over the next 20, 30 years. it would save a lot of money. >> that's going to be a big discussion that we'll be having on this show very regularly, and we'll call on both of you to do it again, david gergen, cnn analyst, and stephen moore, "wall street journal" writer.
closed yesterday. investors did have time to digest the news. the chairman of the fed ben bernanke basically telegraphed all this. he said that he was going to essentially be pushing up rates, tightening policy last week when he spoke before congress. analysts say the increase in the increase rate indicates that the fed is winding down a series of extraordinary programs it put in place to ease the economic crisis. so, in other words, the crisis is over. the rate increase is not going to directly affect borrowing costs for consumers and most businesses, but, as you see, it's putting the stock market under a little bit of pressure. right now we've got the dow off a little more than 27 points. also under pressure, shares of dell, the computer giant, reported disappointing fourth quarter earnings. sales rose during the holiday season, but those sales were cropped up by steep discounts that did cut into the company's bottom line. finally, well, the saints came marching in to the nyse this morning. three members of the super bowl champion new orlean saints rang that opening bell, looks l
in three months and just a hair under 100 million. bernanke said yesterday that the job market remains weak even though the economy is recovering. there is some good economic news. everything from washing machines to airplanes jump 3d% in january and the second monthly increase in a row. >>> coca-cola is changing the way it does business. spending more than $12 million to buy the large bottler. from using independent bottlers to controlling the process. pepsi has recently moved in that direction, as well. >>> get this, a relative of burr nad madoff is changing her name. she is married to buernie's son mark. she filed court papers for herself and her two kids to drop the madoff name. she probably doesn't want that out there, robben . >> she just wants to leave the name alone. >> completely. she's still married. it's not that. it's just the name. >>> a teacher danceoff sounded like kind of a fun idea for a pep rally until it became a lap dance dance off. >>> one of the most taulked abot people at the olympics may be heading home. >>> if you're running late, you must not have signed up for my
bernanke scheduled to testify before a house committee today. but this was all about unwinding the fed's $2.2 trillion emergency liquidity programs. the hearing has been postponed but his prepared testimony will be released at the top of the hour. several economic reports also being delayed today. on wall street expect light trading volume as folks focus more on the snow and less on stocks. despite all that, the dow is expected to continue to rise after yesterday's 150-point gain. investors are hopeful thedisney network rebounded but the theme parks continue to struggle. same for the movie studios. >>> google launching a new social networking service called the google buzz. it will allow users to post photos and links to their websites. yahoo! an microsoft claim they've been running similar services for years. >>> early numbers here, looks like we're down but just ever so barely. off 12 points. 10,046. still above 10,000. nasdaq off fractionally at this time as well. >>> finally, one more note. southwest airlines has slashed its ticket prices until tomorrow. the carrier is selling one-way t
them like you hate a root canal. that means ben bernanke, you guys were the dentists. how does that make you feel the thing that everyone hates sts thing you had to do. >> i felt like i was having a root canal without anesthesia at the same time. there's a scene in my book "on the brink." and this was a day or two before we were going to need to step in and rescue citigroup. what really hit me was that i was forever going to be associated with these bailouts and the treasury secretary that did these interventions. then i said, that will be the good news. the bad news will be if we can't cobble together something that works for citigroup and it goes down, i'll be one who presides over another great depression. >> remember it was fanny and fred die and city citigroup and a whole host of other banks, ways to try to fix this without public intervention. he talks about the realization he was going to be forever knowns the guy behind the bailouts and how shocking it was. it came to him walking through the reagan library working through the citigroup stuff, the temple of free market t
pledged in december make up half of the number needed for the training effort. ben bernanke, the chairman for the federal reserve goes to capitol hill this morning. lawmakers will question him on what he can or will the to ease the jobs crisis and make sure the economic crisis -- economic recovery lasts. you can hear the first hour on c-span radio. there is a new study showing hispanics at high-level staff positions in capitol hill are almost nonexistent. this is in spite of the fact that they make up nearly 1/6 of the u.s. population. a of a hundred senate chief of staff, only one is hispanic. there is no hispanic legislative directives -- directors and only one hispanic staff director. hispanics only hold 12 of the roughly for a 40 chief of staff jobs and only nine legislative director slots. -- 140 chief of staff jobs and only nine legislative director slots. some say that is an outrage. the european union wants to halt all executions by 2015 as a step towards abolishing the death penalty. the prime minister did not know how the eu would persuade countries like the united states, china
bernanke was scheduled to testify before the services committee and not any more. the hearing was postponed and may still release a plan at the top of the hour. it is expected to outline the bank's central plan and unwind programs that waere designed to get out of the crisis we're experiencing. disney says its fourth quarter results reflect, they are putting off travel plans to the last minute. the company had to rely on discounts. >>> finally, robin, we did a little digging, snow digging. 41 years ago today, that was the last time the new york stock exchange was closed for snow. last full snow day that they've had. no worries, they're at it today. they're down there and the nyc is open. it's kind of weird. 41 years ago today. >> they officially closed them, but not today. >> not today. >>> bracing for a blizzard is even tougher when you're already recovering from record-setting snow storm. how the nasty weather is affecting thousands of flights and a morning commute. this is from washington, d.c., i can tell. mostly from the call letters. >>> plus, one of tiger's alleged mistresses says he
with bernanke and for some reason there have been just no real uptick generally about the fact that those types of things already are prohibited. you can only use a minimal amount of the bank's capital in other areas of a bank holding company. in addition to that, it actually move capital permanently, you've got to reduce the capital of the commercial bank also. so i do wonder -- >> yes, go ahead. basically, you're saying that those who think this is simply a punitive move by the obama administration are right. am i reading you correctly? >> well, let me say this. look, paul volcker is like a folk hero here? there's no question. his inflation efforts were tremendously appreciated and the timing of the announcement, i think everybody on all sides are transparently political. that doesn't mean, that look, we don't need to continue to look at ways of dealing with this. i don't think it got a great reception yesterday. again, we've got one more hearing tomorrow with goldman and others and we'll drill down in another way, but my sense is there's not a lot of traction on it because there are mechanis
today. >>> meantime, making headlines in the business world, fed chief ben bernanke back on capitol hill telling the senate committee that the central bank is looking into whether u.s. you banks worsened greece's debt crisis. some u.s. banks are said to use complicated currency swap to help greece understate the debt problems betting thalt country would default on its debt. coming up tomorrow, friday on wall street, we'll get key reports, consumer sentiment, existing home sales, also a revised reading on fourth quarter gdp, the final day of the trading week. >>> a lot of questions today about why a killer whale at seaworld turned on its trainer. next jane velez-mitchell host of "issues" will give her take on this tragic incident. don't go anywhere. >>> 40-year-old dawn brancheau was one of the most experienced trainers at orlando seaworld. her death is a shock to her co-workers and park visitors who saw this happen yesterday. a killer whale named tilikum dragged her under water at the end of a performance in the shamu stadium. audience members said, at first it just seemed like it was pa
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